Army major killed in militant attack near Peshawar

Published February 18, 2014
This is the second attack on security forces in the last 24 hours. Late Monday night, an attack on a security checkpost in tribal South Wazirstan agency killed one soldier.—File Photo
This is the second attack on security forces in the last 24 hours. Late Monday night, an attack on a security checkpost in tribal South Wazirstan agency killed one soldier.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: A senior army officer was killed on Tuesday in an exchange of fire with militants, the military said, after peace negotiations between the government and Pakistani Taliban insurgents broke down a day earlier.

“(The) exchange of fire continues,” the ISPR said in a statement, adding the attack took place near Frontier Region Peshawar close to the Afghan border.

Major Jahanzaib suffered bullet injuries and succumbed to his wounds, the military's media wing said, adding that three militants were also killed in the exchange of fire.

According to news agency Reuters, a Pakistani Taliban militant from Peshawar confirmed the attack. However, there was no word from the main spokesman of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“Militants attacked the convoy of a security official in Peshawar and killed one army major,” he said. “The official announcement will come shortly.”

This is the second attack on security forces personnel in the last 24 hours.

An attack on a security forces checkpost in Ladha area of tribal South Wazirstan agency killed one soldier late Monday night.

The recent violence is likely to further hamper prospects of meaningful peace negotiations between the government and Pakistani Taliban militants.

An attempt by representatives of both sides to meet and talk peace collapsed on Monday after insurgents said they executed 23 soldiers in revenge for army operations in the volatile tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

—Zahir Shah Sherazi also contributed to reporting from Peshawar

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